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Office of Communications and Public Affairs

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs represents the National Endowment for the Humanities in communications with the media and members of the public. Its mission is to disseminate information about NEH grant programs and products and to promote the importance of the humanities our country’s cultural advancement and in enriching the lives of its citizens.

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs publishes news releases and other information, works with the news media to keep them informed of the work of the agency and its grantees, manages the agency’s website and social media, and publishes announcements of NEH grants. The office also responds to media requests, arranges interviews with NEH staff, and coordinates major NEH public events, including the National Humanities Medals and the annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

To reach NEH’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, please contact:

telephone: 202-606-8446
email: info@neh.gov

Recent News

George Washington's first state of the union address, manuscript notes

Wordsmithing the State of the Union

NEH grantee applies data visualization to State of the Union addresses to track how the words presidents use reflect historical concerns
NEH Chair William Adams and Deputy Chair Carole Watson at Best Places to Work aw

NEH named a "Best Place to Work" among small federal agencies

NEH named 4th among small federal agencies in annual "Best Places to Work" survey
FBI Missing poster: 1964. Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner

Slain Freedom Summer activists to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Slain civil rights workers, subjects of Freedom Summer documentary, will posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 24
Clement Alexander Price

Clement Alexander Price, 1945-2014

NEH mourns the passing of distinguished historian and advocate for the humanities, Clement Price
Pamela O. Long, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

NEH Grantees Named 2014 MacArthur Fellows

Scholars Pamela Long and Tara Zahra awarded MacArthur "Genius Grants"
July 31, 2015

Building Communities: Mexican American Fast Pitch Softball Leagues

The project is part of "Hometown Teams," a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities.

July 30, 2015

Writing War

After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, an impressive cadre of writers has emerged from the ranks of America’s military to put stories of war and homecoming on paper.

July 27, 2015  to  September 4, 2015

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition looks at the remarkable life and achievements of one of America’s most beloved personalities. Besides serving his country as a skillful diplomat and negotiator, Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, humorist and philanthropist whose wisdom and wit continue to inspire and entertain us more than three hundred years after his birth.

July 25, 2015

Zora in the Harlem Renaissance

This program will discuss Zora Neale Hurston in context of the Harlem Renaissance through discussion of: the social, political, economic and cultural factors that produced the Harlem Renaissance.  Harlem Renaissance icons (Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Cab Calloway) will also perform in Jacksonville in the now depleted Ashley Street district.

July 25, 2015

Walt Whitman's Lincoln

In this presentation, esteemed storyteller and actor Brian "Fox" Ellis re-creates one of the lectures that Whitman delivered annually on Lincoln's birthday after his death. These lectures interspersed commentary on the significance of Lincoln's life and work with Whitman's Civil War poems, including "The Artillery Man's Vision," arguably one of the first accounts of post-traumatic stress disorder as experienced by Veterans in American literature.

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